We like to give back to the community both at home and abroad. That’s why every year we support charities and initiatives that make a difference in the lives of school children, teachers and their parents. Here’s some of the groups we are delighted to work with…
Making the move to Secondary school
We’ve been working in education for over 60 years and have seen lots of changes over that time. We know that the move from 6th Class to 1st year can be a challenging time for children and their parents, nowadays. We have developed a practical guide for parents to help support their children with this transition, authored by experienced counsellor and teacher Graham Richmond. This guide is available here.
We are delighted to be working with Dublin City University to provide scholarships to four students to become Ireland’s first Deaf primary school teachers using Irish Sign Language (ISL). This means that future generations of children will have a more inclusive experience in school because they will be taught by teachers who are Deaf or hard of hearing themselves. The four students will enter their third year of the course in September 2021.
Suas is a charity dedicated to improving children’s literacy skills at home and abroad. We take part in the Reading Buddy Programme. Our team volunteer to be a “Reading Buddy” with children in a local primary school. The programme runs twice a week for 8 weeks and it helps children become more confident in their reading. “Probably the best hour for me in my week, to see the immediate and progressive improvement with the children you are paired with is hugely rewarding” Andrew Miller, Folens CEO.
We have worked with Youth Horizons for a number of years. Youth Horizons offer early school leavers the opportunity to complete their secondary education. They also provide support and guidance to help young people achieve their true potential by working with them to aim for their brightest "Horizons".